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1 Continuing professional development (CPD): standards and audit Samantha Herelle, Health and Care Professions Council Friday 20 June 2014, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

2 Today The Health and Care Professions Council Our standards for continuing professional development (CPD) Activities and evidence Audit process and profile structure Audit outcomes and deferral Feedback from CPD assessors Resources and information from the HCPC

3 The Health and Care Professions Council Independent, UK-wide, statutory regulator Derives powers from Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001 Purpose: “to safeguard the health and well-being of persons using or needing the services of registrants” – Article 3(4) Separate role from professional bodies and trade unions Funded by registrant fees – no regular government funding Meet ISO standards and overseen by Professional Standards Authority (PSA)

4 HCPC Register 322,021 registrants from 16 professions (3 April 2014)

5 Standards The Register

6 CPD standards and audit Social worker renewal – 1 September to 30 November CPD is a statutory requirement for all HCPC registrants Essential factor in keeping skills and knowledge up-to-date and ensuring continued fitness to practise Five outcome-based CPD standards (not based on points or hours) During renewal period, 2.5% will be randomly selected for audit Each selected registrant must submit a CPD profile

7 Standards for continuing professional development A registrant must: 1.maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities; 2.demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice; 3.seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery; 4.seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user; 5.upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they have met the standards for CPD.

8 Activities Work-based learning – in-service training, reflective practice, work shadowing Professional activity – mentoring, professional body involvement Formal / educational – courses, conferences, research Self-directed learning – reading journals and books, internet research Other – voluntary work

9 Evidence Materials from others – certificates, testimonies Materials produced yourself – presentations you have given, business plans, service user and carer information, induction materials for new staff Materials showing you have reflected on and evaluated your learning and work – personal development plans, evaluations of courses or conferences attended

10 Profile structure If selected for audit you must complete a CPD profile. List of CPD activities (for last two years) Summary of recent work (for last two years) – 500 words Statement of how the standards have been met – 1,500 words Supporting evidence Assessed by CPD Assessors (HCPC Partners) – work in pairs at assessment days run at HCPC offices

11 Audit process Notification sent out at same time as renewal notices Three months to submit profile and reminder after two months If incomplete – 28 days to resubmit completed profile Assessors may request ‘further information’ – 28 days to reply Assessors may give ‘further time’ – three months to address shortfalls If registrant does not meet standards registration not renewed Decision subject to registration appeals procedures Stay on the register throughout the process

12 Audit outcomes Majority of registrants successfully completed audit Very small percentage of registrants removed

13 Deferral CPD is a requirement of registration but in some circumstances you may not be able to submit your profile Write and request deferral – providing the reason and evidence (eg maternity leave, long-term sick leave) If you defer you will automatically be selected for audit next time Your choice whether to apply for deferral

14 Feedback from CPD Assessors List of activities “Not dating the list of CPD activities” “Non-inclusion of record of CPD activities undertaken in past two years”

15 Feedback from CPD Assessors Personal statement “People need to focus on I and me in their profile, not our and us” “In some cases the differentiation between a work activity and a CPD activity was a little confused or unclear” “The 'better ones' were concise and to the point, clear about how each standard had been met with a piece of evidence to support” “Ensure client confidentiality”

16 Feedback from CPD Assessors Evidence “Some people sent so much information that it was hard to find the relevant evidence, though it was usually hidden in there somewhere” “It helps if the pages are numbered” “It’s about quality not quantity”

17 Resources and information Sample profiles – Examples for each profession online – Look at profiles from different professions Video presentations on CPD CPD publications

18 Finding out more and getting in touch (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm) Find us on Follow us Follow us on Sign up for our RSS feeds at To sign up to our newsletter

19 Thank you


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